student—with a great teacher in every classroom.”
Jefferson County Business
Also, as current Chair of the Jefferson County Business Edu-
cation Alliance, Fellman meets with all JeffCo chamber offices,
including the Evergreen Chamber, to better understand the inter-
active needs of students and community businesses. Jill Fellman’s
leadership skills reflect a sense of civility/respect, which promotes
collaboration within organizations mentioned herein and others
with whom the district partners.
The Jefferson County Business
Resource Center (JCBRC), led
by Executive Director Amira
Watters, is a JeffCo nonprofit
funded (by annual request)
by JeffCo and the county
cities of Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Lakewood and Golden. Its mission
is to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business consulting for
start-up, emerging or existing businesses; and free and low-cost
workshops for business owners.
Jayne Reiter, with a Masters in Adult Education, has been a Business Advisor with JCBRC for the last two years. Through partnerships with Jefferson County Public Library and communities like
Evergreen, she brings classes to the masses, including Evergreen
Chamber members (as an added membership benefit). She also
meets with clients at the Chamber office to do confidential consulting. Reiter acknowledged previously working with another similar
nonprofit for 19 years within a larger demographic area and having
seen over 3,000 business clients (from accounting to Zumba classes).
“JeffCo has 21,000 LLCs and corporations of record; 15,000-plus
have fewer than four employees,” said Reiter. “Small business is a
large group with a small voice. I encourage all businesses to reach
out to all available resources (free or otherwise) that could help steer
them to greater success.”
Jefferson County Economic
Established in 1955, Jefferson County Economic Development Cor-
poration (JeffCo EDC) with its public and private investors is the
oldest development corporation in Colorado.
“We serve the needs of Jefferson County, the fourth-most popu-
lous county in Colorado, by concentrating on creating, expanding
and retaining high-paying primary jobs that ignite the economic
spirit of the community,” Lisa Harper explained.
In her role with JeffCo EDC, Harper, who is an Evergreen resident,
paigns, social media and various special events. She is also Enterprise
Zone Administrator for JeffCo, a role she took on in 2013. The pro-
gram markets to businesses in economically depressed (Enterprise
Zone) areas to encourage economic development.
With its primary focus to bring “outside” money into the county,
JeffCo EDC partners/networks with businesses/educational institutions and chambers of commerce (including the Evergreen Chamber), working to fit primary companies to JeffCo communities to
ensure such relocation efforts will keep local communities financially sound.
Harper’s backend work helps create and maintain successful com-
Wells Fargo Advisors
munity partnerships between her organization and others—like the
Patty DeLucas has worked at the
same desk for over 10 years—but
the company name on the door has
changed. Her career began with
AG Edwards, which was bought
out by Wachovia and ulitmately
by Wells Fargo Advisors. Patty, a
professional Certified Financial Planner™ (currently the only one in
the office with this designation), also holds an active CPA license, but
is not currently in public practice.
Wells Fargo Advisors is a registered broker-dealer and a separate
non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. The Evergreen company’s goal is to satisfy all clients’ financial needs and help them
succeed financially. It strives to maintain a presence in the community through the independent partnership efforts of each of the
company’s employees. Collectively, the company supports Mt. Evans
Hospice, EChO, MALT, EAPL, Evergreen Chamber and others.
Patty DeLucas, an Evergreen Chamber Ambassador, and Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors, has gotten pretty heavily involved in
the organization. As a financial advisor, she helps people make smart
decisions about their money: how to grow and protect it and make
it last through retirement. As a chamber ambassador, she thinks of
herself as a connector, connecting business owners and others with
resources helpful to them.
“I am a firm believer that the better stewards we are of our
resources, the better able we are to live generously and benefit those
around us,” said DeLucas, who is now a 2015 Evergreen Chamber
The Chamber proudly acknowledges that many of the Evergreen
Chamber’s most successful partnerships, like those showcased
above, include a workforce of dedicated women, often behind the
scenes, who encourage positive change, steer economic growth and
ensure our residents’ quality of life.
Jo Ann M. Colton, newspaper/periodical/business writer-for-hire, also markets for small
businesses and writers and has authored five books (The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business
Basics 101; So, You Want To Be A Writer; How to Develop Story Line Ideas; Marketing
Matters; Pieces of the Puzzle). www.jmcoltoncommunications.com